The Ottawa Senators didn’t have a great offseason after a tough season. They missed the playoffs after a season where they made the second round of the postseason. I don’t see a playoff run for them in 2015.
The first move made came right as free agent frenzy started on July 1st. They traded Jason Spezza for Alex Chaisson and two prospects. Spezza has been an offensive force throughout his career, scoring up to 34 goals and posting 84 points. I will say, though, that the addition of Chaisson, along with the acquisition of David Legwand, can replace Spezza’s production. At just 23 years old, Chaisson scored 13 goals and notched 22 assists for 35 points in 79 games. He probably still has a little bit of growth left in him, as well. David Legwand, acquired off of free agency, will fit in well as the second-line center. He can post some good numbers, reaching about 20 goals and 50 points in a full season.
As I said, the Senators offseason wasn’t great, but it wasn’t too bad, either. That being said, it isn’t enough for me to predict a postseason run this upcoming season. I believed they missed the mark on what they really needed, which is defense. They allowed 265 goals against, which is something they may have a problem with moving forward.